Well, crap in bad writing that makes the readers go "Ha Ha".
I chance upon these examples of bad writing and they are really quite good (bad, that is).
In fact right up there with "It was a dark and stormy night".
Have I ever made these similar foibles of my own? I don't doubt it at all.
Guilty as charged.
The "thirsty gerbil and giant water bottle" is probably the author's running away from a more cliched prose. "Compiling dust just like a writer's with the fear of publishing his writings" kind of prose.
(I must say that the thirsty gerbil bit was quite vivid a description though. So point made actually.)
At least these authors - bad opening aside - have their work published unlike some people I (ahem) personally know.
As such, I have resolved to put pen on paper no matter how bad my opening lines are.
I'm rereading Stephen King's On Writing just to get me inspired again and I must say that good writing wil grow on you.
In my personal library, you'll find some books in near-soiled condition while others still minty (this is a comic-related term, for those not familiar, meaning as good as from a book rack).
You know exactly then which are the good ones and what aren't.
Alas, time is so short these days that reading has become a chore.
And you just can't write if you don't read.
Its a fact of life that's simply bummer of an obstacle.
Is it, or is it another one of the those "fearful of bad writing" excuse?
The mentioned Gerbils.